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Private Tour + Theater Tour + Movie = Strange
One of the great movie palaces of the world is the El Capitan in Hollywood where movie lovers and moviedom’s greatest filmmakers have been entertained since the first days of Los Angeles filmmaking. This incredible theater, opened in 1926 and later owned by Paramount, is now in the competent hands of the Disney Corporation. As we tell our Los Angeles private tour guests that means they can expect the best conditions and service possible even in a classic theater. Throughout the year there will be stage shows, special guests, movie premieres and all sorts of wonders and surprises above and beyond just showing in the best of auditoriums with the best of projection and sound equipment the best Disney movies. Since Marvel is a Disney operation that means that when Doctor Strange comes to town he gets a seat at the El Capitan. Our guests, instead of visiting a Hollywood museum, might want to spend some tour time with us in a great Hollywood movie palace. After a tour of the exhibits and premises we can marvel at the live organ raising and lowering from below the stage as if by magic. The waterfall curtain and lighting effects as the film program begins leaves the audience gasping in delight. The magic of Disney and the magic of Doctor Strange are a special combination that our guests can enjoy right now while they are visiting Los Angeles.
Our Private Tour Is Introduced to 10-4 Day
“10-4,” “Roger that,” “Copy” – all expressions we know from countless years watching police procedurals on television and enjoying cops in the movies. But where did they originate and why are they still used? Turns out that the Ten Code (like 10-4) was developed in 1937 as a way to standardize radio communication especially in city police and fire departments which had a lot of radio traffic. The public became aware of this abbreviated form of communication, and in particular the acknowledgment code 10-4, because of an Academy Award winning actor, Broderick Crawford, on a very popular television program in the 1950s, Highway Patrol. Hollywood periodically brings out old police cruisers kept in good shape for use in film productions and lines them up along Hollywood Boulevard on October 4th (10/4) to celebrate Broderick Crawford, police stories and law enforcement. It is a fine tradition and we are happy that we happened by at a good time with our Los Angeles private tour guests to see the cars and participate in the festivities. You gotta love Hollywood and the regular celebrations and activities that happen here. 10-4, over and out.
Our Private Tour Guests Get an Aerial View of the Los Angeles Coliseum
Football season is here and this is a very special season for us. Professional football, the NFL, is once again playing in Los Angeles. We used to enjoy two professional football teams, the Rams and the Raiders, at one time over 20 years ago. For two decades Los Angeles football fans have only had the option of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins for adult-level live action football. Football purists will argue that college football is decidedly different though equally exciting. Now, thanks to the gods of football, the pro game is back in town and so are the Rams. They will be playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum (former home of the LA Raiders) until the new stadium is completed for the 2019 season which will be in Inglewood about 3 miles away as our luxury helicopter flies. This particular private Los Angeles tour has us circling above the historic stadium which remains home to the USC Trojans. Remember that two Olympics (1932, 1984 and maybe a third in 2024) have been staged here, a baseball World Series (1959), Super Bowls I and VII and a long list of other notable sporting and cultural events since the stadium opened in 1923. It is really a pretty sight as we hover just south of downtown Los Angeles where we can also see near the Coliseum the University of Southern California campus as well as Exposition Park. Obviously this is not a weekend as we fly over because the stadium is empty and quiet. Plan your visit to Los Angeles over a weekend when either football or professional football is being played at the Los Angeles Coliseum. You should note that we have a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper helipad where we can land that is quite close to the Coliseum. We can also help you to get tickets to any Coliseum game or event.
Our Private Tour Learns Some Sports History in Los Angeles
Nothing is better for a city than when its team makes it into the post-season competition. Even transitory fans get into the excitement and begin rooting for the local team to progress through the contests on their way to a world championship. It is too early to say how far the Los Angeles Dodgers will get but we are behind them. That means driving by the stadium and, even better, flying over on a helicopter tour of Los Angeles. The helicopter means we don’t have to hurry past but can really take in the beauty of this storied ballpark set pristinely above the downtown city center, on a hilltop, above a small valley, with extraordinary and beautiful views for its fans. Sadly, though, we talk to our guests about the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, who retired after the regular season. We all grew up listening to his voice and think of him in Dodger blue as much as any player arriving in Los Angeles to help the team win. We avoid thinking about next season without him and concentrate our attention and love on this season’s team making it to the World Series.
Grauman’s Chinese Theater Welcomes Suicide Squad and Our Private Tour
The biggest of Hollywood movie theaters is now hosting another big summer flick. Suicide Squad is playing in IMAX 3D, the largest format for theatrical exhibition. Big screen, big sound and big action fun for fans of comic book films. Our guests did not buy movie tickets for the film during our private tour in Hollywood but we did spend time in the courtyard admiring the hand- and footprints of Will Smith, one of the stars of the new DC Comics-based extravaganza. We also took the short tour inside the theater so our guests could see what a wonderful auditorium awaits them if they decide later during their visit here in Los Angeles to come see a movie in Sid Grauman’s incredible movie palace. The huge screen and red curtains, the intricate designs on the walls, columns and ceiling, the feeling of space and the sense of grandeur all make coming here to see a movie a very special experience. Especially a really big movie.
Our Private Tour Has Eyes on the Stars at FINDING DORY Premiere
While their tour guide knew exactly what was happening and was mindful of the timing of the private custom tour of Los Angeles he was leading, his guests began to suspect something was going on, something big, as they came into Hollywood. Sure enough, Hollywood Boulevard in front of Disney’s El Capitan Theater was blocked off and carpeted in blue (not red!) for the arrival of the stars of the new animated feature FINDING DORY. This ocean based family adventure is a sequel to the very successful first film, FINDING NEMO. The excitement along the Hollywood Walk of Fame was even higher than usual as the limousines turned onto the famous street to drop off their celebrity passengers. Not a single sea creature among them. We sure hope the kids weren’t disappointed. However, if they return to the landmark El Capitan Theater another time to see the film they will be treated not only to a movie but to a short musical stage production featuring singing sea creatures from the film as well as other familiar Disney characters. With the giant organ rising from the floor and other spectacular stage magic seeing a movie here is a very special treat for youngsters and oldsters alike.
Favorite Los Angeles Diner Prepares for Bernie Sanders
Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant is an eye-catching sight on our private tour of Los Angeles as we drive along the Miracle Mile just outside of Beverly Hills. This famous stretch of Wilshire Boulevard runs from La Brea to Fairfax passing the tar pits and the actors union (SAG/AFTRA) and the Daily Variety offices among other notable locations. At Fairfax, right on the corner opposite the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a Googie-style diner called Johnie’s. From 1956 until 2000 this was a great place to grab something to eat for anyone living or working in the area. Diner food at its best! After that it was closed for food service but not forgotten. Countless commercials, television shows and films have been staged at this great space on this busy L.A. corner. Those of us who know the place well always recognize it when it pops up in a movie, ad or show. For one recent evening it was dressed up for a Bernie Sanders rally. After the California primary? Who knows. There are those who wish the diner would return to serving up a good burger and a hot cup of coffee. That would make Los Angeles great again.
Our Private Tour Looks Close at the Hollywood Bowl
We are only a month away from the start of the 2016 Hollywood Bowl Season. The kickoff event is always the Playboy Jazz Festival hosted once again this year by the hilarious George Lopez. This two-day event brings to this historic location the best music and the best people to enjoy an ongoing feast of sounds in beautiful Los Angeles weather. Less than a week later the official opening of the Bowl will be an evening with Steely Dan and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Enjoying a concert is this grand outdoor facility (a city park in actuality) is fun for the music and for the opportunity to be somewhere where people have been gathering under cloudless skies for almost 100 years. There is even the Hollywood Bowl Museum that we take our private Los Angeles tour guests to visit. Everybody who is anyone in the musical world feels wildly fortunate to be invited to entertain at this venue. But music comes in many forms and in a neighborhood famous for creating film blockbusters you must consider coming here for a movie sing-a-long. The first is at the end of June – the Sound of Music sing-a-long. Itself an annual event (one of Hollywood’s favorite things) the audience comes dressed in lederhosen and habits, full Austrian attire, and with picnic baskets filled with foods suitable for an outing in the Tyrolian Alps. This is just the start of a summer full of classical, ethnic, country, rock ‘n roll and special events. We love our summers when the Hollywood Hills are alive with the sound of music.
Private Tour Sees Hollywood Movie Premiere Prep
Timing is everything. Our private Los Angeles tour group arrived in Hollywood as the preparations for a big movie premiere were finishing up just before the arrival later that afternoon of the stars of the film and many of Hollywood’s biggest players. The movie was Captain America: Civil War, the next epic episode of this ongoing Marvel film series. Our family learned that a Hollywood movie premiere is as big as the Hollywood movie itself. The entire block in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theatre (where the premiere was hosted), Disney’s El Capitan Theater and the Jimmy Kimmel theater was taken up by structures, props, lights and a whole lot of red carpet. An army of technicians and a swarm of media folks occupied the street while we and hundreds of other interested bystanders eagerly observed all the activity. Needless to say, our guests where thrilled and excited and will probably be first in line at their neighborhood theater when the movie opens on May 6th.
See Hollywood Prepare for the Oscars on a Private Tour
It is only once a year that Hollywood pulls out all the stops to prepare for the Oscars. This year was no different. Our private Los Angeles tour guests have a chance to see the workers setting up the Dolby Theatre and Hollywood Boulevard for weeks in advance as the big Sunday gets closer and closer. You can really get a sense of how big the ceremony is by how big Oscar is. Despite the hubbub we get our custom tour guests in and around the Dolby and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Street and sidewalk closures do not stop us and our tour groups are happy because they are enjoying all the excitement and activity. Even if the Walk of Fame stars of their favorite stars are covered by grandstands or red carpet there is still so much to see and watch that this really is a great time to be in and around Hollywood. Even better, we can watch the stars come and go from the theater as they rehearse their parts in the big show. We never know who we will encounter or when which adds to the surprises and excitement of Academy Awards time.